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Former Ohio Baseball Player Tom Colletti Called Up to Triple-A El Paso

Former Ohio Baseball Player Tom Colletti Called Up to Triple-A El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas – Former Ohio baseball right-handed pitcher Tom Colletti was called up to Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League, the San Diego Padres announced.

Colletti struck out two batters in his Triple-A debut last night (Aug. 20) after pitching 1.0 innings and not allowing a hit. Colletti was called up from short-season-A Tri-City, where he was 3-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. Colletti fanned 41 batters in 16 appearances. He also saw time in Single-A Fort Wayne and Advanced-A Lake Elsinore. In all of his stops this season, Colletti has a 3.61 ERA in 27 appearances out of the bullpen. Colletti has tossed 47.1 innings and struck out 59 batters in 2019.

Since signing with the San Diego Padres organization, Colletti is 9-6 with a 2.75 ERA. Colletti has appeared in 62 games and pitched 98.1 innings pitched. He has 124 strikeouts in his career and a .227 batting average against.

Colletti made a career-high 27 appearances and six starts on the hill for Ohio in his senior season in 2017, going 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA and a career-high 56 strikeouts. He ranked third on the team in appearances, fourth in innings pitched, second in ERA and tied for second in wins and led the squad with a team-best .196 opposing batting average. 

Colletti helped the Bobcats finish 2017 with 31 wins -- including 11 in MAC play, which placed Ohio fifth in the overall league standings. Under the direction of head coach Rob Smith, No. 5-seeded Ohio capped an improbable league postseason run by defeating No. 3-seeded Eastern Michigan, 7-4, to clinch the 2017 MAC Championship title on May 28 at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio. Ohio earned its third MAC tournament title (1997, 2015, '17) with the victory. The Bobcats opened 2017 MAC Championship play by beating No. 4-seeded Ball State, 4-3, on May 24. Ohio then advanced to the winner's bracket final thanks to a late-night 5-3 win over No. 1-seeded Kent State the following day. The Bobcats eliminated the Golden Flashes with a 7-2 victory on May 27, marking the fourth time in five tries Ohio emerged victorious over MAC regular season champion Kent State in 2017. After missing the national postseason tournament 17 years in a row, Ohio punched its second NCAA Regional ticket in the last three years as the MAC's automatic bid with the victory over Eastern Michigan, advancing to the 2017 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional. The No. 4 regionally-seeded Bobcats fell to No. 1 regionally-seeded Kentucky, 6-4, on June 4, then dropped an 11-2 decision to No. 2 regionally-seeded Indiana the following day. Colletti earned a spot on the 2017 All-MAC Championship Team after twirling a complete-game three-hitter with a career-high nine strikeouts in the victory over Kent State in the bracket final.

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